Chart or Graph
Context: There is a lot of homogeneous data to show
the user, possibly in multiple data sets. This is likely to
be needed in a High-density
Information Display, or a Status Display,
or even a Control Panel.
Problem: How should the information be organized?
Solution: Show the data plotted against time or
some other variable. Plot it together with other variables for further
The user wants to get a "big picture" quickly.
Getting specific data out of it is secondary or unimportant.
Graphs facilitate easy comparison of values to each other.
Pictures have a bigger immediate, emotional impact than numbers.
Notes: Tufte's books go into great detail about
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